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Career Services Office

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 W. Adams St., Suite 360
Chicago, IL 60661
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Public Interest Resources & Links

Job Search Websites

  • ABANET, Law Student Division Corner - career resources and guidance, volunteer opportunities, internships, and job postings.
  • American Society for Public Administration - career opportunities in public administration.
  • Community Career Center - non-profit job search site.
  • Environmental Career Opportunities - environmental job search site.
  • Equal Justice America Legal Services Fellowships - summer and school year fellowships for students who work for organizations providing direct civil legal assistance for the poor.
  • Equal Justice Works - information on public interest law career fair, job opportunities, and fellowships.
  • Everett Public Service Internship Program - summer public service internships in Washington D.C. and New York City.
  • Government Honors and Internships - information on federal government honors and summer programs for lawyers and law students. E-mail career services for password.
  • GovtJobs - job opportunities in the public sector.
  • Hillzoo - jobs on Capital Hill and "off-the-hill"
  • Human Rights Internet - positions, both law-related and other, in human rights organizations around the world.
  • Human Rights USA Resource Center - jobs, fellowships, and internships with human rights organizations.
  • Idealist - job listings, internships, and volunteer opportunities with non-profits and community organizations throughout the world
  • Illinois Legal Aid - a list of legal aid and policy positions available in Illinois.
  • Job Service - listing of jobs available, both legal and non-legal in the Chicago area.
  • National Center for Adoption Law and Policy's Adoption Jobsite - paid and volunteer positions for law students with child welfare and adoption law and policy employers.
  • National Lawyers Guild - posts jobs, internships, and fellowships.
  • National Legal Aid and Defense Organization - positions in civil legal services, defender organizations, pro bono and public interest organizations, public interest law firms and academia.
  • Office of Personnel Management -information on jobs and summer opportunities in federal agencies across the country searchable by position, salary, and geographic location.
  • Opportunities in Public Affairs - public affair job openings in the Washington D. C. area.
  • Opportunity Knocks - nonprofit jobs and career opportunities.
  • Public Interest Clearinghouse - information on summer grants and fellowships for law students.
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) - internships and fellowships for law students and new graduates at public interest law agencies in Chicago.
  • PSJD - info on a wide variety of public interest positions, including volunteer opportunities, paid summer positions, and post-graduate positions and fellowships. The first time you access the site you will need to register as a Chicago-Kent student or alumni/ae.
  • ReliefWeb - lists positions, both law-related and other, in humanitarian organizations around the world.
  • Sustainable Business Environmental Law - lists "Green Dream" jobs.
  • Union Jobs Clearinghouse - staffing and trade positions in organized labor.

Illinois Legal Aid & Service Organizations

Illinois Pro Bono, click on "Directory" tab for a comprehensive listing of all Illinois client-oriented/legal aid and policy organizations.

Legal Aid & Service Organization / Resources by State

The following list is representative and does not include every legal aid organization in the state. Visit the Career Services Office to review "Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide" for additional organizations.

Alabama Legal Services Programs

Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Arkansas Legal Services Programs

Arizona Justice Institute
DNA-People's Legal Services

Bay Area Legal Aid
Bet Tzedek Legal Services (L.A.)
California Indian Legal Services
California Rural Legal Assistance
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
Central California Legal Services
East Bay Community Law Center
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County
Legal Aid Society of Orange County, California
Legal Aid of San Mateo County
Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County
Legal Services of Northern California
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Connecticut Legal Services
Greater Hartford Legal Assistance
Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut
New Haven Legal Assistance
Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Legal Services Corporation of Delaware

District of Columbia
The Children's Law Center
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Whitman - Walker Clinic Legal Department (HIV related legal issues)

Bay Area Legal Services (Tampa)
Florida Legal Services, Inc.
Gulf Coast Legal Services
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
Legal Services of North Florida
Three Rivers Legal Services

Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Georgia Legal Services Program
Legal Assistance in Georgia

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Idaho Legal Aid

Indiana Justice Center

Kansas Legal Services

Louisville Legal Aid Society
Kentucky Legal Aid (Western Kentucky)

Acadiana Legal Services
AIDSLaw of Louisiana
New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation

Disability Rights Center of Maine
Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project
Legal Services for the Elderly
Maine Equal Justice Project
Pine Tree Legal Assistance Home Page

Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
Maryland Legal Services Corporation

Committee for Public Counsel Services
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
Equal Justice Coalition
Greater Boston Legal Services
Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center
Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services
Massachusetts Legal Services Programs
Merrimack Valley Legal Services
Neighborhood Legal Services (Lynn and Lawrence)
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association 

Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
Michigan Indian Legal Services
Michigan Legal Assistance Network (for clients)

Central Minnesota Legal Services
Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota
Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance
Minnesota Legal Services Coalition
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Mississippi Legal Services Resource Center
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services Inc.

Missouri Legal Aid Offices
Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Montana Advocacy Program (protection and advocacy services)
Montana Legal Services Association

Legal Aid of Nebraska
Nebraska Equal Justice Clearinghouse

Clark County Legal Services
Washoe Legal Services

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Legal Assistance

New Jersey
South Jersey Legal Services
Education Law Center
Legal Services of New Jersey
Ocean-Monmouth Legal Services

New Mexico
DNA-People's Legal Services

New York
Western New York Law Center
The Door (youth advocacy)
Farmworker Legal Services of New York
Empire Justice Center
HIV Law Project
Legal Aid Society of New York
Nassau Suffolk Law Services
Public Utility Law Project
Sanctuary for Families
South Brooklyn Legal Services
Western New York Law Center (welfare information and links updated daily) 
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley 

North Carolina
North Carolina Justice and Community Development Center

North Dakota
North Dakota Civil Legal Services

Equal Justice Foundation
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Legal Aid Society of Columbus
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Ohio Statewide Legal Services Website
Pro Seniors

Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

Lane County Legal Services Programs (Eugene)
Marion-Polk Legal Aid Service

Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program
MidPenn Legal Services, Inc.
Neighborhood Legal Services Association (Pittsburgh)
Northwestern Legal Services
Pennsylvania Legal Services
Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Spotlight on Pro Bono (Legal Aid listing in Philadelphia area)

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.

South Carolina
List of legal aid providers in the state by county

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc.

Texas Legal Services Center (State Support)
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Disability Law Center
Utah Legal Services

Legal Services Law Line of Vermont
Vermont Legal Aid

Blue Ridge Legal Services
Legal Aid Justice Center
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society
Virginia Legal Aid Society
Virginia Poverty Law Center

Equal Justice Coalition
Legal Foundation of Washington
Northwest Justice Project

West Virginia
Legal Help for West Virginians

Legal Action of Wisconsin
Senior Law
Wisconsin Judicare

Non-Profit Public Interest Organizations & Resources by Subject Area

The following list includes some Chicago area organizations, but not all of them. Be sure to visit Illinois Pro Bono, click on "Directory" tab for a comprehensive listing of all Illinois client-oriented/legal aid and policy organizations.


National Center for Adoption Law and Policy
New York Council on Adoptable Children


Animal Law (Chicago, IL)


AIDS Action Committee (Massachusetts)
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families (National)
AIDS Community Research Consortium (California)
AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area
AIDS-Related Community Services (New York's Hudson Valley)
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Inc.
(APICHA) (New York, NY)
Bailey House (New York)
Gay Men's Health Crisis (New York)
HIV Law Project (New York)
Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund (National & Chicago Office)
Latino Commission on AIDS
Legal Action Center (New York, Washington, D.C)
Long Island (New York) Association for AIDS Care, Inc
Mobile AIDS Support Services [MASS] Helps (Southwest Alabama)
National AIDS Fund (Washington, D.C.)
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Positive Resource Center (San Francisco, CA)
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Stop AIDS Project (San Francisco, CA)
Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC)


Food Research and Action Center

Children's Advocacy

ABA Juvenile Justice Center
Advocates for Children (Colorado)
Advocates for Children (New York)
Child Care Law Center (California)
Children's Defense Fund
Child Welfare League of America
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Covenant House (New Jersey)
Education Law Center (New Jersey)
Education Law Center (Pennsylvania)
The Family Center (New York)
Juvenile Law Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Montgomery Area Children's Advocacy Project
National Center for Youth Law (Oakland, CA)
Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center (Denver, CO)
Support Center for Child Advocates (Philadelphia, PA)
Youth Law Center

Civil Liberties/Rights Groups - General

American Civil Liberties Union
ACLA National Capital Area
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Individual Rights
Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc
Civil Rights.Org
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (San Francisco, CA)
Equal Rights Center
Human Rights Watch
Independence Institute
Innocence Project
Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity - University of Minnesota Law School
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium
New York Civil Liberties Union
Pacific Legal Foundation
People for the American Way Foundation
The Rutherford Institute
Southern Center for Human Rights
Southern Poverty Law Center
Texas Civil Rights Project

Citizen Advocacy / Corporate Accountability

Citizen Advocacy Center
Citizen Works
Common Cause
Corporate Watch - Corporate Responsibility
Essential Information
Government Accountability Project
Public Citizen
Public Interest Resource Center (PIRG) (Chicago-Kent)
Texans for Public Justice

Consumer Advocacy

National Consumer Law Center


ABA Criminal Justice Section
Center for Community Alternatives
Criminal Justice Resources on the Web
Innocence Project
Open Society Institute: Criminal Justice Initiative
New York State Defender Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Legal Aid and Defender Organization

Disability / Elder

Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities (New York)
Advocacy, Inc (Austin, TX)
Alabama Disability Advocacy Program
Alamo Resource Center
Arizona Center for Disability Law
Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Inc. (APICHA) (New York)
Association for the Help of Retarded Children (New York)
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (Washington, DC)
California Center for Law and the Deaf
Center for Medicare Advocacy
Community Health Law Project (New Jersey)
Dallas Legal Hospice
Disability Rights Network (Pennsylvania)
Disability Rights Advocates (California)
Disability Rights Center (Maine)
Georgia Advocacy Office
Hawaii Disability Rights Center
The Hawkins Center of Law and Services for the Disabled (Richmond, CA)
Human Services Research Institute
Landmine Survivors Network
Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People (Colorado)
Medicare Rights Center
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Association of the Deaf
National Senior Citizens Law Center
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Western Law Center for Disability Rights (Los Angeles, CA)


American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Anti-Defamation League
Asian Americans for Equality
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (New York)
Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco, CA)
Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Southern California
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (Washington, DC)
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (San Francisco, CA)
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) (San Francisco, CA)
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (Boston, MA)
Lamba Legal
LeGal (Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York)
Immigration Equality - formerly The Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force
Lifelong AIDS Alliance (Seattle, Washington)
Maryland Disability Law Center
National Center for Lesbian Rights
New York Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
New York State Division of Human Rights
Parents, Family and Friend of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Domestic Violence

Break the Cycle (Los Angeles, CA)
California Alliance Against Domestic Violence
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc. (Boston, MA)
Center for Anti-Violence Education (Brooklyn, NY)
Center for Battered Women's Legal Services - Sanctuary for Families (New York)
CORA - Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (San Mateo County, CA)
Futures without Violence
Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project (Cambridge, MA)
Houston Area Women's Center
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
New York Asian Women's Center
Next Door - Solutions to Domestic Violence (Santa Clara County, CA)
Pace Law Schools Women's Justice Center (New York)
Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project (New York)
STAND! Against Domestic Violence (Concord, CA)
Support Network for Battered Women (Mountain View, CA)
Texas Council on Family Violence
Women Empowered Against Violence Inc. (WEAVE) (Washington, DC)


Amazing Environmental Organization Web Directory
Center for Environmental Law & Policy (Seattle, WA)
Center for International Environmental Law
Communities for a Better Environment (California)
Conservation Law Foundation
Defenders of Wildlife
E Jobs - Environmental Jobs and Careers
Earth Rights International
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (E-Law)
Environmental Advocates of New York
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Career Center
Environmental Careers Organization
Environmental Career Opportunities
Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University
Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest (Chicago, IL)
Environmental Law Institute
Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy Law
Farmers Legal Action Group
Friends of the Earth
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
Mid-West Environmental Advocates (Madison, WI)
National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGS)
National Audubon Society
National Energy-Environment Law & Policy Institute (Tulsa, OK)
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
National Wildlife Federation
New York Environmental Law & Justice Project
Sierra Club
Southern Environmental Law Center (Atlanta, GA)
Sustainable Business Environmental Law
Western Environmental Law Center


Association of Community Organizations For Reform Now (Acorn) (D.C)
Community Law Program (Southern Pinellas County, Florida)
Family Justice Program (New York)
Guide to Careers in Child and Family Policy

Health Care

Center for Reproductive Rights (New York)
National Health Law Program
Planned Parenthood Federation of America - National Office


ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Coalition for the Homeless (Houston, TX)
Coalition for the Homeless (New York)
Corporation for Supportive Housing (New York)
Fair Housing
Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
Homeless Action Center (Alameda County, CA)
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
The Partnership for the Homeless (New York)
Supportive Housing Network of New York
Urban Justice Center (New York)

Human Rights

African Development Foundation
American Bar Association Central & Eastern European (ABA-CEELI)
American Refugee Committee
Amnesty International
Amnesty International USA
Canadian Human Rights Foundation
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (CCEIA) (New York)
The Center for Reproductive Law & Policy
Center for Sustainable Human Rights Action
Coalition on Human Needs
Human Rights Internet
Human Rights Resource Center
Human Rights Watch
Institute for Global Communications
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (San Francisco)
Global Rights - formerly the International Human Rights Law Group
International Red Cross
Human Rights First - formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
Lawyers Without Borders
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights (MNA)
One World Website
Organization of American States
Relief Web
Rights International: The Center for International Human Rights Law
Southern Center for Human Rights
UN Organizations
United Nations
United Nations System of Organizations
U.S. Agency for International Development
US Peace Corps
Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children


American Immigration Lawyers Association
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR) (Washington, DC)
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
National Immigration Project of the NLG
Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project (New York)

Non-Profit Job Websites and Resources

Community Career Center
Foundation Center
Independent Sector
International Center for Non-for-Profit Law
Internet Non-Profit Center
Nonprofit Career Network
Nonprofit Oyster
Opportunity Knocks


CARE International
Center of Law and Social Policy (Washington, DC)
National Center on Poverty Law (Chicago, IL) 
Welfare Law Center

Prisoner Rights

ACLU National Prison Project
Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
The Osbourne Association (Long Island City, NY)
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
Prison Fellowship Ministries (Washington, DC)
Prison Law Office (San Quentin, CA)

Public Interest Organizations & Resources - Miscellaneous

Alliance for Justice
Center for Law in the Public Interest (Santa Monica, CA)
Center for Law & Social Policy
HandsNet - Linking Human Services Professionals
Illinois Pro Bono
Kent Justice Foundation, Chicago-Kent student organization
Legal Services Corporation
Make the Road By Walking (Brooklyn, NY)
National Lawyers Guild
National Veterans Legal Services Program
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Public Interest Clearinghouse
Public Interest Law Center (Santa Ana, CA)
Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC), Chicago-Kent student organization
Public Justice Center (Baltimore, MD)

Urban Institute

Women's Rights

California Women's Law Center
Equal Rights Advocates (San Francisco, CA)
Feminists for Free Expression
Feminist Majority Foundation
Ms. Foundation - The National Women's Fund
National Organization for Women
National Partnership for Women and Families
Legal Momentum - formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Women's Law Center (Washington, DC)
Northwest Women's Law Center (Seattle, WA)
Women Employed (Chicago, IL)
Women Empowered Against Violence
Women's Law Center of Maryland
Women's Policy, Inc.


Just Advocates
Institute for Justice

Pro Bono Sites & Resources

ABA Directory of Pro Bono Programs, ABA's Center for Pro Bono
ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
American Association Law Schools Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities
Corporate ProBono.Org
Directory of Pro Bono Legal Services Providers for Environmental Justice
Illinois Legal Aid Online
Lawyers Without Borders
Learning to Serve, The Findings and Proposals of the AALS Commission on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities, AALS Pro Bono Project
Pro Bono Institute
Public Service Law Network (PSLAWNET)

International Public Interest Websites

International Center for Non-Profit Law
International Jobs Center
World Bank

Federal Government Agencies & Job Search Sites

ABA Government & Public Sector Lawyers Division
Careers in Government
Central Intelligence Agency
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Interior
Department of Justice Legal Positions & Internships
Department of Justice Opportunities for Lateral Attorneys
Department of State
, search for foreign service specialist and officer positions, civil service opportunities, and student programs
Department of Labor
Department of Transportation Honors Program
Department of Veterans Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ;
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Communications Commission

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Election Commission
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Home Loan Bank System
Federal Jobs Digest
FedJobs (accessible only through a computer in the career services office)
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Federal Trade Commission
Fed Law
First Gov
General Accounting Office
General Services Administration
Government Honors & Internship Handbook, (password protected, e-mail for password)
House of Representatives, U.S.
Internal Revenue Service
Judge Advocate General Corps - Air force
Judge Advocate General Corps - Army
Judge Advocate General Corps - Marine
Judge Advocate General Corps - Navy
Library of Congress
National Labor Relations Board
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Personnel Management
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Postal Rate Commission
Postal Service, U.S.
Presidential Management Fellow Program
RCJobs (Your Capital Job Source)
Secret Service
Securities and Exchange Commission
Senate, U.S.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S.
Small Business Administration
Social Security Administration
Supreme Court, U.S.
Tax Court, U.S.
United States Information Agency
White House
The White House (links to Federal government agencies and commissions)

Illinois, State & Local Government Sites

Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of IL
Chicago Housing Authority
Chicago Transit Authority
City of Chicago Board of Ethics
City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations
City of Chicago Department of Law
Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Cook County Law Office of the Public Defender
Cook County Office of the Public Guardian
Cook County State's Attorney Office
Illinois Attorney General's Office
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Illinois Department of Humans Services
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety
Illinois Department of Public Aid
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
Illinois Worker's Compensation Commission
Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender
Illinois Secretary of State
Illinois Securities Department
Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
National Conference of State Legislatures
State & Local Government on the Net

Volunteer Resources

American Bar Association
Impact On Line - Chicago area volunteer opportunities
Nonprofit Career Network
Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC), Chicago-Kent student organization

Fellowship Resources

PSJD, Click on the "Fellowship Corner"